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The risk of self-incrimination in international cross-border disputes

The risk to the privilege against self-incrimination is not limited to proceedings taking place in parallel in Canada and the United States (U.S.). The case of R. v. Eurocopter Canada Ltd., [2004] O.J. No. 2120, is a good...more

Short Wins - the Shameless Promotion Edition

United States v. Flores-Mejia, Third Circuit: The court vacated Appellant's sentence after being convicted of reentry after deportation. The Third Circuit, however, used the opportunity to change its current law and now...more

Mortgage Company Resolves HAMP-Related Criminal Allegations

On July 3, the DOJ announced the resolution of a multi-agency criminal investigation into the way a large mortgage company administered the federal Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). According to a Restitution and...more

Governmental Mismanagement | In 'da House

After months of investigation the RCMP have criminally charged suspended Senator, Mike Duffy, with governmental fraud and bribery, and plenty of other no-no's relating to Senate expenses. And opposition leaders say Prime...more

Minimum Mandatory Gun Sentences May Have More Flexibility Than You Think

The Sandy Hook massacre sparked a massive nationwide debate on gun laws. In New York, this resulted in the enactment of the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 (NY SAFE Act). Under the new gun...more

HUGE Marijuana Bust in Preble County — Largest in Ohio State Highway Patrol History?

On June 14, Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers seized a ton of marijuana in Preble County. Actually, the exact amount police confiscated was 2,330 pounds. And while this is indeed a staggering amount of marijuana, it is only...more

Australia's proposed spy law perceived as Governmental Mismanagement

Buzzing through the social media sphere yesterday was the story about how a proposed new bill would see potential whistleblowers facing up to 10 years in prison for leaks. So after lifting my jaw up off the floor, I thought...more

Worthless Services/Substandard Quality of Care Criminal Prosecutions May Be on the Rise

If you are an operator of a skilled nursing facility (SNF), you might have faced the reality of insufficient medical staff and how it impacts your ability to deliver quality patient care to your residents. Or, you might have...more

FERC’s Principles-Based Enforcement

You may have noticed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has received lots of heated criticism over its enforcement of alleged market manipulation and fraudulent behaviors. You may also have noticed FERC has not...more

Largest Drug Bust in Geauga County in More Than 30 Years

Geauga County, home to the country’s second largest Amish population, is located only 30 miles outside of Cleveland. However, its culture and suburban setting do not protect it from the crime and corruption of the big city....more

Second Circuit Reverses Probation Sentence in Unique Case

On July 9, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a significant sentencing decision in United States v. Park. In doing so, the appellate court handed the United States a rare, albeit hollow sentencing...more

Should You Represent Yourself When Facing Criminal Charges?

Certainly, you could represent yourself when you face criminal charges. You could gather evidence to support your case and you could build your own defense. In fact, you could even stand before a judge and jury and argue your...more

FinCrimes Update - Summary, Volume 1, Issue 4

FDIC RESTRICTS BANK’S CARD BUSINESSES PENDING BSA COMPLIANCE ENHANCEMENTS - On June 5, the FDIC and a Delaware bank entered a consent order that prohibits the bank from entering into any new relationships with...more

The risk of self-incrimination in cross-border disputes: Hollinger Case Study - Part III

The Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Treaty (“MLAT”) is one way in which incriminating evidence in Canada can be shared with prosecutors in the United States ("U.S."). ...more

Short Wins - the Presentment Delay Issue

It's a relatively slow week in the federal circuits. My favorite case of the last week is United States v. Torres Pimental. You've got to love a suppression motion being granted off of a government delay in...more

ANOTHER WIN FOR ALEYNIKOV: Judge Tosses Evidence in Ex-Programmer’s Latest Case

Sergey Aleynikov fought the law, and the law lost—again. Judge Ronald A. Zweibel of the New York Supreme Court has thrown out a raft of evidence originally gathered by the FBI for federal prosecution and later offered...more

Compliance in the C-Suite

The ongoing debate whether certain executives are “too big to jail” misses the most important trend in corporate governance – namely, that criminal conduct is rising in the C-Suite. Viewed from a broad perspective, since...more

Massachusetts High Court Permits Compelled Decryption of Seized Digital Evidence

Today, in Commonwealth v. Gelfgatt, No. SJC-11358 (Mass. June 25, 2014), a divided Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that under certain circumstances, a court may compel a criminal defendant to provide the password to...more

Loveland Man Faces Charges for White-Collar Crimes

Loveland, Ohio man Keith Blankenship was recently arrested after an elderly couple entrusted him with a blank check. Lila Mae Thomas and her husband wanted to purchase cheesecake, chicken and other assorted meats from...more

R. v. Horton: Ontario Court of Appeal Comprehensively Considers Jurisdiction over Criminal Appeals

Criminal jurisdiction – trial and appellate – depends on several factors that vary with respect to particular cases. The result of this is that sometimes appeals of convictions that were imposed at the same trial can lead to...more

Criminal Exposure for Securities Fraud Expanded in the Fourth Circuit, Rejecting Janus for Criminal Matters

Last month, in Prousalis v. Moore (May 7, 2014), a criminal securities fraud case, the Fourth Circuit held that the Supreme Court’s interpretation of Rule 10b-5(b) in Janus Capital Group, Inc. v. First Derivative Traders...more

Corporate Compliance Officers Face Threat of Civil Monetary Penalties and Criminal Prosecution for Institutional AML Deficiencies

While financial institutions have long faced the possibility of civil monetary penalties and criminal prosecution for violations of the Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) and its implementing regulations, found at 31 C.F.R. Chapter X,...more

Eleventh Circuit Upholds Convictions in “Pump-and-Dump” Stock Fraud Scheme

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently upheld convictions for defendants who engaged in an illegal pump-and-dump stock manipulation scheme. Defendants, who participated with seven others in a conspiracy to...more

Short Wins - the Forfeiture Chart Edition

It's a been a relatively quiet week in the federal circuits. Which is one reason I think this week is a nice one to share this very cool graphic on how forfeiture laws are hurting people in these United...more

May 2014: White Collar Litigation Update

Jumping the Gun: Public Statements by U.S. Attorneys That Inappropriately Opine on the Guilt of Charged but Untried Defendants. When United States Attorney’s Offices file criminal charges in significant cases, U.S. Attorneys...more

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